5ft ' Family Apple Tree | Cox SF/James Grieve/Katy | MM106 Semi Vigorous Rootstock | 12L Pot | By Frank P Matthews™

Code: TR076512L
5ft ' Family Apple Tree | Cox SF/James Grieve/Katy | MM106 Semi Vigorous Rootstock | 12L Pot | By Frank P Matthews™
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5ft ' Family Apple Tree | Cox SF/James Grieve/Katy | MM106 Semi Vigorous Rootstock | 12L Pot | By Frank P Matthews™
Cox SF/James Grieve/Katy (Family) Apple Tree - 12L Pot By Frank P Matthews™

This Family fruit tree has three different varieties of apple on just one stem. All these varieties cross pollinate each other and it is an excellent solution for a garden with limited space! On this tree there is the Cox Self Fertile apple which is widely known for being one of the best dessert apples with excellent flavour. There is also the James Grieve apple which is crisp, juciy and good for both cooking and eating. Finally there is the Katy apple with bright red skin and a sweet flavour.

Characteristics
  • Pot Size: 12L
  • Rootstock: MM106
  • Height on arrival: 1.2-1.5m
  • Harvesting Months: September
  • Harvesting Period Period: Mid
  • Eventual Growth Height: 3.0-4.0m
  • Eventual Spread: 3.0-4.0m
  • Rate of Growth: 5-10 years
  • Pollination Group: 3
  • Habit: Bushy
  • Uses: Eat Fresh, Juices, Culinary
  • Planting Period: Jan-Dec
  • Self-Fertile: Yes
  • Hardiness: Fully Hardy
  • Prefered Position: Full Sun
  • Prefered soil type: All
  • Moisture Requirements: Any
  • Exposure: Sheltered
Optional Extras
  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
    Add +
  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
    Add +
  • One Tree Stake and Tie Kit - 1.2m
    Add +
  • All-purpose Liquid Seaweed Stimulant by Empathy - 1L
    Add +
Selected items will be included with your purchase

Primrose Guides

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Planting and Care

Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in an exposed or sheltered location in full sun. Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established. Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems. Keep a planting distance of 2.4m - 3.6m with 4.5m between rows.

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. For guidance on pruning your fruit tree please click here to see our guide. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.

Pollination

Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by flying insects such as honey bees, bumblebees, flies, wasps etc. Some apple trees are self-fertile while others require a pollinating partner from the same pollination group. This tree is self-pollinating; it produces compatible flowers that can pollinate each other. However, even self-fertile varieties tend to crop better when another cultivar is planted nearby for pollination. Although this is not necessary to produce fruit, it will offer improved crops. The two trees will have to be near each other for the pollination process to be successful.

Fruit Benefits

These fruits taste best when freshly picked from their branches. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves, used in cooking or made into juice to bring back great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Fruit plants are a valuable addition to any garden, bearing in mind that they do not only provide fruits, but also make a bold statement in garden arrangements by producing clouds of pink and white flowers, which at the slightest breeze fall like raindrops. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

Rootstock

Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, this means the roots of the tree are a different plant to the trunk, branches and fruit. Rootstocks help you to control the size of your tree to a certain extent. This apple tree is on a MM106 rootstock which means that its ultimate height will be around 3.5-4.5 metres. This rootstock is the best choice for a good size apple tree as it does not require much care once established. By sticking two plants together, one that has good roots and one that has good fruit, it ensures that you get what you pay for. For more information about fruit tree rootstocks please click here to see our guides.

How to Plant a Potted Tree

A containerised tree can be planted at any point during the year unlike a bare root one. As long as the ground that it is planted in is not frozen or waterlogged the tree should be able to establish itself in any season. When planting your tree make sure that it has been watered and that it is in a suitable position where it can recieve plenty of sunshine and shelter from cold winds. For more information about planting your containerised tree please click here to see our guides.

 

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